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Chichen Itza, the Pink lagoon and Pink flamingos

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Mérida, Mexico
Chichen Itza, the Pink lagoon and Pink flamingos
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icon10 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Enjoy the Yucatan's top sights in one day on this small-group tour from Merida. Wake up early to visit one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza, before the crowds arrive. Learn about the history, customs, and culture of the ancient Maya, then head to a local cenote for a swim. End your day at Las Coloradas pink lagoon, home to flamingos.
  • Enjoy a jam-packed itinerary without the stress of planning
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site — Chichen Itza
  • Travel between stops in air-conditioned comfort
  • A small group means more attention from your guide
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Bottled water
Air-conditioned vehicle
Biosphere reserve fee to observe pink flamingos in their natural habitat
Specialized licensed tour guide
Entry fee to Chichen Itza
Lunch
Entry fee to Cenote
Catedral de Mérida - San Ildefonso , C. 60, Centro, 97000 Mérida, Yuc., Mexico

Cathedral of Merida downtown in the main square

6:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Chichen Itza $500 pesos Cenote $80 pesos Prices per person
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY ECOEXPEDITIONSMEXICO
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Chichen Itza, the Pink lagoon and Pink flamingos?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Chichen Itza, the Pink lagoon and Pink flamingos?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Chichen Itza, the Pink lagoon and Pink flamingos?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Chichen Itza, the Pink lagoon and Pink flamingos?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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star-5
An unforgettable day thanks to our guide!
Cecile_G
, Aug 2022
Great experience! You cannot find a better guide! So knowledgeable & personable! We highly recommend!
star-5
Chichen Itza and Colaradas
Andre_B
, Mar 2022
Chichen Itza tour 6am start drive 1.5hrs long. Arriving early is important to avoid the heat and the crowds. With a tour guide you don't have to queue and the overview is very useful for Chichen Itza. No food or drink apart from water is allowed in Chichen Itza. Don't forget cash the entrance fee of 571 pesos is not covered in your original ticket purchase. The guide on this tour Edgar who freelances so you may not get the same one is called . He was knowledgeable, patient & comfortable to speak to. He speaks Spanish and English, he gave some interesting information about the theories people try to play as truths for Mayan history. Cenote Samula Limited time in there and you can't visit X'eken. No jumps from platform and a lifejacket must be worn. Beautiful sites overall. Las Coloradas was beautiful got to see pink waters of the sea salts on the day. The flamingos were pretty close we got lucky but if you have binoculars and a good guide the views are amazing. Our guide had both plus he so very knowledgeable.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect one day trip!
Hisami_K
, Mar 2022
Entire trip schedule was perfect! 6am start may sound early, but it is totally worth it! You get to Chichen Itza as it opens so you can beat the crowd. With a knowledgeable guide Edgar, I enjoyed so much learning about every bits he had explained through out the trip. Ik Kil cenote was beautiful as well, you don’t have to swim if you are not comfortable with swimming. Las Coloradas was indeed pink and beautiful, but also pale green ocean water with flamingos were so picturesque. I cannot recommend enough. It was very well scheduled and amazing tour!
star-1
Bad guide and tour was FAST!
Mathilde_B
, Mar 2022
Guide was not passionate at all was not explaining the surrounding and didn’t have credit to the visit. No historical fact no info nothing Visit went fast because he wanted to get back on time ! We ask to stop by an “acienda” on the way back but we were told it’s impossible. I do not recommend this tour via Viator ! If you can book a taxi for a day (1700$MXC) or go by yourself many guide are available at some places !
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Mathilde, In this tour we don't offer to visit a ¨HACIENDA¨ This is a tour to visit Chichen itza, one cenote, and pink flamingos in their natural habitat. We are very sure that you went to all this places. Alex is a very knowledgable tour guide with more than 15 years of experience, and you can read his name in many 5 stars reviews. He told us that day you was pushing too much to stop in one hacienda, but the areas that you saw that day are privates cattle ranchs. Very rare that you had another tour with us a few days before which you enjoyed but never leave a review,
star-5
All in one trip
Wendy_M
, Feb 2022
This trip had it all for me. All the things I wanted to do. Getting to Chichen Itza early was terrific-less people and less heat! Next stop was the cenotes. What a beautiful place and refreshing swim. Following our swim, we went to a local restaurant where the food was good. Our last stops included the pink lagoon and the pink flamingos. Beautiful! I wish I brought a better camera than my iPhone. Our guide, Alex had binoculars which brought the birds into such clarity. Remarkable! The day was long but did not feel that way. I would highly recommend this tour
star-5
If you can only pick one your, this is the one!!
artwithheart4U
, Feb 2022
Loved this experience. Alejandro was a great guide and very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Got us to Chichen Itza before the crowds and got to see the pink lagoon with an actual pick color. A somewhat long day, but you get lots of great photos and memories. 110% worth it!!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
History and Nature
John_K
, Feb 2022
Our excellent guide got us to Chichen Itza before the crowds. We stopped at a lovely Cenote, had lunch, and visited the pink lagoon before watching the flamingos at the nature preserve. Our guide Hernand was excellent - friendly, knowledgeable, ans very accomodating to our requests. An excellent experience.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great experience!
Sophie_M
, Feb 2022
Such a lovely tour with a lovely tour guide! Was excellent, prompt and attentive to our needs. Travelled in a group of 3 and learnt a lot along the way!
star-5
Kind and funny guide
Jade_C
, Jan 2022
Guide Alex was very kind and funny! I expected the tour to be tiresome because we had to drive so much but it was actually a good balance between activities and driving!
star-4
Fabulous tour but too long
Judith_S
, Dec 2021
Our tour guid David was extremely knowledgeable and very nice. Hector our driver was obviously an experienced driver. My favourite part of the tour was the flamingos. Absolutely astonishing. Such graceful creatures. Watching them move was like a ballet. Chichen Itza was an incredible site although has become very commercial with sellers everywhere I much preferred Uxmal which was just as beautiful if not more so and very peaceful My least favourite part was the 13 hours we were gone and driving on the highway in the dark!! I think the ceynote needs to be taken out. Leaving at 6 am and returning at 7 pm was just too much.
star-5
Great guide and fun experiences
Kimberley_T
, Oct 2021
Hernan is a wealth of information, and impressive in his ability to be a guide switching between English and Spanish all day. An outgoing and funny guy; his tours are not to be missed.
star-5
Must Do from Merida
Sarah_G
, Aug 2021
This tour was very well organized and Hernan is a very knowledgeable person. We had the privilege to be the first person at Chichen Itza, which was just amazing because we had the chance to take stunning pictures. Furthermore we had some really good explanations from Hernan to everything at this ecological side. After this we went to the beautiful cenote where we had the chance to swim alone in cristal clear water. After that we went to a nice lunch spot (not included but super affordable and delicious). Then we drove about 1,5 hours to las colorados where we saw the pink lake as well as 1000 beautiful flamingos. For us this was a very special and unique experience
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Magic
KINGUE_R
, Jul 2021
Driver guide was excellent,he gave us full explanations on each site and answered each of our request.The tour itself is very complet. We arrived at the opening of the chichen itza and left before the walkabout and the strong heat to denote it then las coloradas. I'll let you discover the rest
star-5
100 percent recommend
Rachel_T
, Jun 2021
Saul was a fantastic guide. He went above and beyond to make sure our experience was comfortable and easy. He took care of dealing with the entrance fees, confirmed the tour with me via WhatsApp, and dropped me off at a more convenient location than my hotel. When I forgot my water bottle in the van, he brought it to my hotel. The group was small (3) and we loved being the first ones in Chichen Itza. Very organized. It was a wonderful day!
star-5
Supreme magic!!
Diane_S
, Apr 2021
Chichan Itza was closed due to covid-19, however Hernan was able to take me to Ek Balam and the pink pools on Monday instead. He was very quick to let me know about the closure in case I wanted to cancel. It was an excellent: pink pools, thousands of Flamigoes, Ek Balam and my very first Cenote-Samula! A great value for the money. Hernan was truly interested in what I wanted to do since I lucked out and was the only person on the tour that day! He kindly dropped me off in Valladolid, which I highly suggest an over night there. Be sure to take a painting class at Ik-Kan! Thanks for a memorable trip!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Gran experiencia, grandioso guía y mucho aprendizaje
Omar_H
, May 2022
El tour fue increíble. El guía, Edgar, sabe muchísimo de la historia de los pueblos Mayas, toda la visita a Chichen Itzá fue de puro aprendizaje gracias a él. La camioneta muy bien, el conductor fue muy cuidadoso y las rutas nos hicieron llegar a tiempo a todos lados. El restaurante servía comida muy rica, probé el Tezomoc especial y está muy recomendado. El cenote también fue un deleite y el costo del mismo lo absorbió el tour. Solo hubo dos cosas que no me gustaron mucho: la primera es que la zona de las coloradas estaba seca por lo que no había agua para verlas de color rosado, pudimos ver flamencos a lo lejos pero había que verlos más bien con binoculares que llevaba el guía. No fue culpa de los del tour que no hubiera aguas rosadas pero sí fue una decepción que estuvieran secas en ese momento. Otra cosa es que nos llevaron a la palya pero solo estuvimos 10 minutos, quizá quedaba poco tiempo pero dejarnos solo 10 minutos se hizo nada. Fuera de eso, todo muy bien, la atención, el trato, te dan agua y se puede rellenar la botella, la comida muy rica aunque se paga por separado. En fin, vale mucho la pena.
star-5
Espectacular
Jorge_O
, Apr 2022
El guía Turístico Hernán Esquivel muy bueno nos hizo s sentir a todos cómo una familia en vez de individuos extraños. Fue como hacer un tour todos en familia
star-3
A reflechir
Amelie_r
, Mar 2022
Un guide tres gentil mais cette excursion ne vaut pas le coup. Trop de bus, les flamands roses etaient tres loin et a ca vous rajoutez toutes les entrées. Vous rentrez vers 18h30-19h a mer8da en partant a 6h du matin. Prendre juste la sortie de Chichen Itza est deja tres bien et moins cher.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Muy buen tour, el guía es...
CinthyaBerenice_J
, Mar 2022
Muy buen tour, el guía es paciente y puntual, da una buena explicación de Chichén Itzá. Lo único que no me gusto es que dice que incluye la comida pero no es así, solo te llevan al restaurante
star-5
Me encantó, el guía ...
LILIANA_D
, Feb 2022
Me encantó, el guía super profesional y puntual, para Chichén Itzá fuimos los primeros en entrar y eso ayudó a tener buenas fotos.

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